With the ping pong balls falling their way, the Avs' second-worst record in the league was good enough to grant them the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. This year, the Avs should be better, but will likely find themselves in that lottery once again. A mid-to-low finish in the Western Conference will likely be where the Avs wind up as they enter a tough new division that holds the Blackhawks, Wild and Blues, all playoff bound teams last season.
The Avs are a very young team and are entering the first season without veteran winger Milan Hejduk. They have some very great explosive players in Matt Duchene, captain Gabriel Landeskog, as well as rookie Nathan MacKinnon.
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